Senior Associate Scientist, Lab Animal Sciences

Cambridge, Massachusetts
January 22 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Why Patients Need You

Pfizer's purpose is to deliver breakthroughs that change patients' lives. Research and Development is at the heart of fulfilling Pfizer's purpose as we work to translate advanced science and technologies into the therapies and vaccines that matter most. Whether you are in the discovery sciences, ensuring drug safety and efficacy or supporting clinical trials, you will apply cutting edge design and process development capabilities to accelerate and bring the best in class medicines to patients around the world.

What You Will Achieve

As part of the Comparative Medicine team, you will provide direct technical support to partners in Research and Development in the delivery of projects by the completion of experiments, procedures, protocols or studies involving animal models. You will be responsible for organizing and delivering study support needed on a daily basis as defined by CM Management and research partners and will work with other colleagues in the efficient conduct of techniques and therefore contribute significantly to the advancement of 3Rs. Additionally, you will perform all regulatory responsibilities in compliance with applicable local and/or global regulatory standards. All duties require minimal supervision.

It is your hard work along with innovative ideas and focus that will help in making Pfizer ready to achieve new milestones and help patients across the globe.

How You Will Achieve It
  • Support the project teams in both Research and Development by performing technical procedures in the conduct of experiments and protocols and by collecting, recording and exporting data in the delivery of studies.
  • Set a workplace standard through leading by example, showing mastery of all SOP's, regulatory guidelines and Pfizer policies. Exemplify work-place standards, positive habits and behaviors to co-workers.
  • Interact with the key in vivo contacts in project teams to understand their needs, engaging them in a flexible and constructive manner.
  • Contribute to operational excellence by the collation of metrics showing the efficient delivery of support across projects teams, including alignment with colleagues in WCM in the delivery of technical support and its associated metrics when required.
  • Assists in the training of colleagues in CM and other Research lines in the efficient and refined conduct of technical procedures and therefore contribute significantly to the 3Rs.
  • Assists with the scheduling and approving of requests for research support.
  • Assists the veterinary staff in identifying and treating of colony animals. This may include identifying adverse outcomes in the course of experimental support or surgery, initiating health records, and performing health checks of colony rooms as requested.
  • Maintains appropriate records in compliance with regulatory and departmental standards, this may include maintaining animal study related records.

May be required to work under one of the following: The United States Department of Agriculture Animal Welfare Act and associated Regulations and Standards, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Good Laboratory Practices, Public Health Service Policy and/or AAALAC accreditation standards.


  • Bachelor's Degree required with 3-4 years related experience or Master's Degree with 0-2 years of related experience.
  • Ability to demonstrate level of rodent technical skills and abilities

  • AALAS certification preferred
  • Experience working in a pharmaceutical setting

Physical Requirements
  • Ability to perform dose calculations.

This is an Essential Personnel role:

Essential Personnel are defined as the staff that are required to report to their designated work location, to ensure the operation of essential functions or departments during an emergency, as determined by Pfizer, or when the business has suspended operations. There are some individuals who may be required to perform essential services remotely and those individuals will be identified in advance and notified by their supervisors, but in most cases Essential Personnel are required to be on-site during an emergency or suspension of operations.

Other Job Details:
  • Last Date to Apply for Job: January 31, 2021
  • Eligible for Relocation Package: YES
  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus: YES


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EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.

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